Monday, 15 April 2019

Nyc Nat Nook: website

In case you hadn't noticed, Nyc Nat Nook has moved from OFFline to ONline! Temporary lah as it makes more sense plus cost effective. It is also more of convenience for all, saving your time from traffic jam and hazardous parking! While we are on the lookout for a more conducive location, we have a website for you to browse through, easy peasy right! So yay to online shopping! Click the link below to check it out:
Https://nycnatnook.easy.co

We are still tweaking it, trying to fit everything in a mini website so please bear with us ya... it may not be as easy as setting up a brick & mortar, in fact it is more complex than it seems. So if you have any input or inquiry, please message us! We are happy to read all your feedback!

Thank you for your support thus far!

xoxo,
Susan
Nyc Nat Nook

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Phuket 2019: My delayed Air Asia experience

Apologies for the short hiatus. Life got in the way and I've been busy ever since! What with Nyc Nat Nook's move from offline to online and all those stocks to shift and store! Plus health has taken it's toll and all! Even reading has taken a backseat with orders coming in! I've accumulated many thoughts, been wanting to post but I just don't have the time nor mindset to do it...

Anyway, here's my brief thought on our recent flight to Phuket. I think it's the most common - or shall I say - No.1 complaint Air Asia would have received.... nothing new... it's all about flight delayed.

It's so unfortunate that this time around, both our flights to and from Phuket were delayed. It does sound frustrating and definitely wasted our time but it was unavoidable I guess.

During our flight to Phuket, we have boarded the plane but the pilot had detected some anomaly in the water (whichever is that) section and had gotten the engineers to check. Half an hour had passed when they decided that we should switched to another plane. However, we had to go to the other end of the terminal to board!!! So troublesome lugging our hand carry luggage!!! Upon arriving, we still had to wait for awhile before boarding. Finally, we were ready to board and take flight, phew!!!

I know it was so damn frustrating and all but I do applaud the pilot for this. Who knows what could have happened when we were air borne??? I dare not think of a 'final destination' scenario! I'm just glad that the pilot had detected it and decided we should switched planes when it's taking too long for repair. There were quite a number of people complaining loudly but all I could say is, if you can't take such hassle, please don't take budget flights. Please take MAS or other full priced flights and I assumed you won't encounter much hassle. Your entitled self might appreciate the extra service there too.

On our way back, our flight was delayed for more than an hour due to another flight which was late. This definitely was unavoidable too as they have to follow airport protocol. However it was unpleasant to wait as the airport was filled with those 'stranded' passengers who were such rambunctious bunch and the whole place felt like a 'pasar malam' (night market)!!! I can't even concentrate on reading my e-book as they were such a noisy, annoying lot!!! Oh well, once their plane arrived, the whole airport was back to it's quiet, cool pace =.= Unbelievable right?!!!

Oh well, nothing else to share this time around except those 'delayed experience' during this travel. Will definitely post the highlights of our trip when I'm free. In the meantime...

Thank you, Air Asia, for the safe travel thus far!

Monday, 8 April 2019

Nyc Nat Nook: we have moved!

Dear readers and followers,

If you have followed our Instagram account or Facebook page, you would have noticed our moving out notice. It's definitely not a April Fool's prank ya!

We are planning to move to a more conducive and convenient location which we have yet to identify, so for the time-being, we have moved from offline to online! Yes, we are available online now so you can get in touch with us anytime (except when we are sleeping) in the comfort of your own bed! No traffic jam! No double parking! Less hassle now as you can shop or rent online! As it's still new, we are in the midst of tweaking and fine-tuning it. So if you have any ideas or issues, please provide your feedback to us so that we can serve you better.

Here's the website:
https://nycnatnook.easy.co

Xoxo,
Susan

Thursday, 4 April 2019

MPOV: Shazam!

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Released: March 27, 2019
Director: David Sandberg
Casts: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou
Category: PG-13

While playing with his Magic 8 ball, a young Thaddeus Sivana is magically transported to the Rock of Eternity, where he meets the wizard Shazam, who introduces him to the mystical statues containing the spirits of the Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth. The last of a council of seven, Shazam spent centuries searching for a new champion. Put to a test to see if he is pure of heart, Sivana attempts to touch the Eye of Envy, failing the test. When he is transported back to the car, he causes a scene when he tries to go back, causing his father to be injured.

In present-day Philadelphia, Billy Batson is arrested by child services after he lures and traps police officers to assist in his search for his mother. He is adopted by the Grazers, and he shares a room with Freddie Freeman, a paraplegic. Meanwhile, using testimonies by those rejected by Shazam, Sivana returns to the Rock of Eternity and frees the Sins, allowing them to use his body as a vessel to escape. With his power, he kills his father and brother for the abuse he suffered as a child.

While at school, Freddie is bullied by a group of kids. Billy intervenes and flees onto the subway, where he is summoned by Shazam. Shazam has Billy grab his staff and say, "Shazam!", which transforms Billy into an adult with multiple superpowers. With Freddie's help, Billy begins to learn the full extent of those powers. Freddie posts videos of Shazam’s powers, which go viral. However, after Freddie claims to know Shazam at school, he and Billy get into an argument at the dinner table over Freddie using Billy for his newfound powers. Billy begins to skip school to enjoy being Shazam, humiliating Freddie. Shazam accidentally causes a bus to fall off a bridge before saving it, causing Freddie to promptly reprimand him for abusing his powers. Upon seeing Shazam on the news, Sivana attacks him. Shazam is easily defeated, but he transforms back into Billy to blend into the fleeing crowd. However, Sivana captures Freddie, who was looking for Billy.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Overall, it was witty and funny so definitely entertaining. However, it did lacked something for me, somehow missing that oomph! Though it's family oriented but with some vulgarity in it. Maybe I was just too tired to fully immersed in the movie but I did enjoy the funny puns.

So just to say it is an entertaining superhero movie with lots of action and family hits + misses + hugs! Great casts, no doubt about that with realistic and superlative CGIs. There are 2 post credit scenes so just stay back to watch it as it does lead to a sequel though no dates have been confirmed as yet.

Friday, 15 March 2019

PSA: Nyc Nat Nook is closed for the weekend

Good day peeps!

Nyc Nat Nook will be closed this weekend as it is that time of the month where we 'balik kampung' aka go back hometown!!! Will reopened on Monday ya... 

XoXo,
Susan

Friday, 8 March 2019

MPOV: Captain Marvel

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 6.4/10
Released: March 7, 2019
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Casts: Brie Larson, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening
Category: 2019 fantasy, science fiction film

In 1995, on the Kree Empire's capital planet of Hala, Starforce member Vers suffers from recurring nightmares involving an older woman. Yon-Rogg, her mentor and commander, trains her to control her abilities while the Supreme Intelligence, an organic artificial intelligence who acts as the ruler of the Kree, urges her to keep her emotions in check.

During a mission to rescue an undercover Kree operative infiltrating a group of Skrulls, alien shapeshifters with whom the Kree have been fighting for centuries, Vers is captured by Skrull commander Talos and forcibly subjected to a memory probe. She manages to escape and inadvertently pilots a pod to Earth, crashing in Los Angeles. Her presence attracts the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, whose investigation is interrupted by a Skrull attack. In the ensuing chase, Vers recovers a crystal containing her extracted memories and Fury kills a Skrull impersonating Coulson. Talos, disguised as S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Keller, convinces Fury to meet and work with Vers.

Using Fury's security clearance, Vers discovers she was a U.S. Air Force pilot who was presumed dead after testing an experimental engine designed by Dr. Wendy Lawson, whom she recognizes as the older woman from her nightmares and a friend of former pilot Maria Rambeau. The two escape from Talos in a cargo jet, with Lawson's cat Goose stowing away, and fly to New Orleans, Louisiana to meet Rambeau.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Unexpectedly, I've watched this movie on the eve of International Women's Day LOL! TBH, I truly enjoyed the whole movie and it's plot plus the casts were really good!

When I first watched the teasers and trailers, I did not get the story itself which felt like there were many gaps. After watching the movie, now I know!!! How all this Avengers started! How Fury had that left eye injured! How Marvel supposedly got it's name! So many 'how' answered in this movie! Not forgetting Coulson too as a rookie then!

It may be slow to some but I find the pace just right. May be a little tame with less action but I felt it was just right too. And it all boils down to The Avengers' Endgame. Please take note that there are 2 post credit scenes so you would have to watch till the end.

Overall, it's serious, funny and entertaining, all blended in just right. I would not have it any other way. Aside from Gal Gadot, Brie Larson is now one of my favourite actresses! I just loved the way her power glows and flows! I wasn't expecting quite a number of funny scenes too but Goose was just so entertaining! The unexpected plots really made the movie awesome pawsome!!!

Now, I just can't wait for Endgame next month! Anyway, Happy International Women's Day ladies!!! Girl Power!!!

Monday, 25 February 2019

MPOV: A Death in the Family

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.91/5
Reading Women Challenge 2019: 4) A book about or set in Appalachia

Author: James Agee
Genre: domestic fiction, autobiographical novel
First published: 1957

The novel is based on the events that occurred to Agee in 1915 when his father went out of town to see his own father, who had suffered a heart attack. During the return trip, Agee's father was killed in a car accident. The novel provides a portrait of life in Knoxville, Tennessee, showing how such a loss affects the young widow, her two children, her atheist father and the dead man's alcoholic brother.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Apparently this is a memoir about James Agee losing his father at a young age. He recounted the moments of the loss experienced by him and his family, and transferred it into this book. Truly a poignant read, emotionally charged and beautifully written. Such poetic prose with detailed scenarios and activities that I can so relate to the story during that era.

In summary, this book is about family, religion and death. How a Christian family coped with the unexpected death of a loved one. How one could turned a negative mind in view of such stress and duress. How 3 families were brought much closer in a sad time like this. Negativity, hatred, anger... yet was turned to love, respect and understanding positively.

Such a lovely book, recommended to those who have lost a loved one and still recovering from it. It may be religious but the positivism is something we can relate to. Aside from the extra stories which the publisher added from the original manuscript that I find to be long winded, overall it is a soothing read. Definitely keeping this tattered copy which I've recently inherited :-)

Thursday, 21 February 2019

MPOV: Inescapable Fate (The Fate Series #1)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.37/5
Reading Women Challenge 2019: 18) A romance or love story
My CNY 2019 read #3

Author: Hanleigh Bradley
Genre: romance fiction
Published: April 14th, 2018

When Georgia Kentley breaks up with her long-term boyfriend Darren over Christmas, she really can't wait to return to work on the 27th of December.

The excitement dies when she meets her new boss, Walker Trent. DCI Trent is a misogynistic pain in the arse. Being a young police officer, Georgia has met her fair share of men who don't understand that she can hold her own. Every single time she has proven them wrong.

Will she be able to prove to Walker Trent just how capable she is or will she get herself into a heap of trouble, danger and chaos? And when chaos ensues who will be there to save her?

The above taken from Goodreads.

This was an engaging book from the start and I've managed to finish it within 2 days amidst interruption from the family LOL! It did reminded me of J.D. Robb's Death Series but this one has a different take on the ending. It was a good plot although the sparks flew and advanced pretty fast. So fast that when it reached that cliff-hanger ending, I honestly felt annoyed and disappointed! Hanleigh is smart at that, making sure we would want to know the ending so now we have to wait for the next book, Inexplicable Fate, to arrive tentatively on March 14th, 2019! 

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